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Think flying can’t be cheap? We beg to differ, and we’ve got proof. You can find roundtrip airfare under $200 on the CheapTickets site, any day of the week. Here’s a sampling of the good stuff:

Cheap flights for June

Travel Dates Departure & Destination Starting Price
June 3–7 Chicago to LA $161
June 4–7 Chicago to Portland $118
June 8–12 Nashville to Chicago $134
June 29–13 Boston to Philadelphia $166
June 29–13 Seattle to San Francisco $183

Cheap flights for July

Travel Dates Departure & Destination Starting Price
July 13–17 Denver to Salt Lake City $185
July 27–31 Dallas to New Orleans $175
July 27–31 Atlanta to Miami $192

So whether it’s near or far, you can snag cheap flights for less than you think, and as soon as next weekend. Now get out there and explore these great United States!

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A year ago I moved from Ohio to Florida, a grueling 15 hour drive I luckily only had to make once. Since then, I’ve probably spent at least one weekend a month visiting my parents at home or friends out of state,  enough to know what my favorite thing on the menu is at all the terminal restaurants and where all the good outlets are at Tampa International.  In the last year I’ve learned is that traveling isn’t always fun, but I’ll never take it for granted.

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1. Flying is freedom – When I graduated from college I moved to a city where I didn’t know anyone and I’d only visited once, but I always knew home was only a flight away. Knowing that made the move a little less scary, and being able to visit friends and explore the cool cities where they live is so much fun. Flying is both the freedom to go home and anywhere else.

2. Flying is basically time travel – Have you ever been on one of those flights that leaves in one time zone and then, like magic, lands at almost the exact same time in another time zone. The feeling of getting of a plane and having not lost any time is the air is amazing. There is just something about it that makes you feel like you’ve beaten the system.

3. It makes the world smaller –  50 years ago if you wanted to talk to a friend who lived out of town, you wrote them a letter and put it in the mail because long distance phone calls were expensive and visiting was practically out of the question. Since then, the world has shrunk with access to air travel that would have been totally out of the questions for our parents and grandparents. Flying just isn’t the major event it used to be, it’s part of the normal human experience, and that is incredible.

4. Deals deals deals – Every time I check my email I have a notification about a fare sale. Nothing beats a deal, and when it comes to booking flights, I try to save as much as I can where I can. Flying is expensive, but off-peak deals and flash sales make it easier to find something in my price range and maybe goon a trip I otherwise wouldn’t have. Try the Flights under $200 section on CheapTickets.com. (Click the link and scroll down.)

5. You can make new friends – Talking to people seated next to you on the plane is not for everyone, it’s not even always for me. But occasionally you meet someone who lives in your area or is visiting the same place you are and, BAM, you already have something in common. With flying you get to meet people that otherwise you never would have, and even if that person is only someone you vent with about a flight delay or chit chat about travel plans, there is something to be said about being exposed to different people.

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By Derek Brown

Airplane ticket costs shouldn’t stymie your summer vacation plans.  Even with increasing gas prices, you can still score plenty of cheap tickets for less than $200.

These sizzling summer fares stretch from sea to shining sea and each city in between: Continue reading

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Charlotte hotels
Find a cheap airfare to Charlotte and explore this Southern gem. Charlotte, the largest city between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, is a mix of urban energy and Southern charm. Charlotte hotels offer some new, luxury rooms, and the bustling downtown boasts new skyscrapers and restaurants. The Queen City also is home to historic mansions, charming neighborhoods and a vibrant art scene.

Travel to Charlotte can be even cheaper when you take advantage of the city’s free events. Here’s a sample:

Free art: The Mint Museum of Art offers free admission Tuesday evenings from 5-9.

One art gallery district: Hit NoDa, Charlotte’s Historic Arts District, on the first and third Fridays of the month for the neighborhood’s Gallery Crawl. The many art galleries welcome visitors from 6-9:30 p.m. The restaurants, wine bar, live music venues and boutiques make this a fun place to stroll. NoDa is centered at North Davidson and 36th Street.

Another art gallery district: Charlotte’s Historic South End neighborhood hosts a free Gallery Crawl on the first Friday of the month. Enjoy the shows at the neighborhood galleries from 6-8 p.m.; then visit one of the many restaurants.

Live jazz: The Mint Museum of Craft + Design is the place to be on the third Thursday of the month. The museum offers free admission from 5-8 p.m. and free jazz music from 6:30-7:30.

Charlotte has plenty to offer visitors of all ages. If you’re a sports fan, the city is home to pro sports teams, many golf courses and NASCAR. The city also has plenty of family-friendly attractions and museums.

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Seattlehotels
If you like to take in local theater when you travel, find a cheap airfare and head to Seattle.

Theatre Puget Sound is sponsoring Live Theatre Week October 13-19, with free performances at select theaters in and around Seattle.

You can see "The Three Musketeers," "Of Mice and Men" or one of more than 20 shows, including comedy performances. In addition to free shows, the more than 50 participating theaters are hosting free activities including workshops, invited dress rehearsals, artist meet-and-greets and more. Plus, Saturday, October 18, is Family Day, with special free shows and workshops geared toward children.

Online tickets are available starting October 6 atthe Live Theatre Week Web site.

For theater buffs, October may be a great time to travel to Seattle. Just book one of your favorite Seattle hotels and enjoy a fun and cheap Seattle vacation.

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Want to head to Las Vegas? We’ve got cheap flights to get you to Sin City. Just pick a weekend to travel, and book a cheap airfare like these:

  • Chicago to Las Vegas — $283
  • Dallas to Las Vegas — $273
  • Fort Lauderdale to Las Vegas — $236
  • Pittsburgh to Las Vegas — $244
  • Portland to Las Vegas — $221

The cheap airfare samples above include all taxes and fees and are good for weekends in September — for travel outbound Thursday, Friday or Saturday, returning Sunday through Tuesday.

Here’s a tip: If you love Las Vegas restaurants, you may want to plan your travel during Las Vegas Restaurant Week September 1-7.

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By Heather Leisman

This week’s Deal of the Day is in Seattle, offering the perfect mix for anyone looking for an urban oasis and outdoor excursions.

Our pick among Seattle hotels is the 4-star Edgewater Hotel, where right now you can save 20 percent off the rates. I found discounted rates for $236 per night between May 13 and 16.

Check out my video for more on why this Seattle hotel is a great CheapTickets deal.

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising for CheapTickets.

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